Teacher Spotlights are our way of highlighting and getting to know some awesome teachers in our community who use Planboard to simplify their lesson planning.
Q: When did you start using Planboard?
A: I began using Planboard in 2015 when I got my first teaching job. While student teaching I had used a physical grade book and Word docs to organize my plans, but quickly learned that the students rarely followed my timetable and I needed a quick and easy way to move and reorganize lessons. Planboard was the perfect fit!
Q: What is your favourite/most used feature in Planboard?
A: It seems so basic, but my most used features are move, shift, and copy! Teaching is so unpredictable at times, and it’s so great to be able to copy a lesson from last year or shift all the lessons forward by a day for an unexpected assembly. I also love the integration of CCSS standards as it keeps me accountable when I can see which standards I’ve hit this year and which I need to focus on more. Every feature is so great; it’s hard to choose just one!
Q: How has Planboard made your life easier?
A: It is so great to start a new school year by copying units from the previous year and having my planning done. Even though I know that I will add, remove, and rearrange lessons based on the needs of my students, just having that baseline planning step completed makes me breathe easier and have a clear vision going forward!
Q: What education trend are you excited about? Why?
A: I love that we’re adding social and emotional learning to our standards. So many of my students struggle in those areas, and all the content learning in the world won’t help them be productive adults if those puzzle pieces are missing.
Q: Do you prefer in-person, hybrid or online learning? Why?
A: I actually love hybrid learning last year. It gave me smaller class sizes so I could focus more on individual students, and it also somewhat created a Flipped Classroom environment where I could be available for questions and discussions but didn’t have to sit and watch them read silently.
Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?
A: I wanted to be a teacher since the first day I stepped into preschool. School was fun; why would I ever want to do anything else? I eventually decided to become an English teacher because I loved how books could mirror society and spark discussions on larger issues outside of the plot and characters, and I wanted to help others learn to engage with the outside world from their couch like I did.
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